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TCU News: Young beats Rangers, “I saw a lot of purple, which is always awesome to see”

That, and Donati talks Patterson’s future in Fort Worth.

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Football:

Why TCU won’t hesitate to start true freshman Max Duggan this season | The Star-Telegram

I disagree to some extent, and do think there is some hesitation to start the true freshman. But, if he far and away wins the job, he could absolutely be the guy.

Patterson has raved repeatedly about Duggan coming from a coaching family. Duggan’s father, Jim, served as a longtime high school football coach in Iowa before retiring after last season.

“He carries himself well,” Patterson said of Duggan. “He had a dad as a coach. His team was the first time they went to the playoffs and got deep in the playoffs, maybe in the history of the school in Iowa playoff history. Obviously he did some things that nobody else was able to do at his high school.”

Maybe Duggan will next do something that no true freshman quarterback has done under Patterson -- become the opening day starter.

TCU Athletic Director Jeremiah Donati Talks Football Stadium Expansion, Head Coach: ‘I Think Gary Loves Being Here’ | CBS 11

I agree - Gary and Kelsey seem pretty committed to TCU - and Fort Worth.

How many more years will “Coach P.” be prowling the TCU sideline?

“Hopefully a long time.” Donati answered quickly. “I think Gary loves being here and being a head coach here at TCU.”

And TCU certainly loves Patterson.

Three years ago, a statue honoring the winningest coach in Horned Frog history was unveiled on campus.

It stands right outside the Athletic Director’s office.

“I’d be lying if I told you I thought he would be here until he’s 80. I think Gary has other things in life he wants to do. You know, his contract goes to 2024, and I expect him to honor that,” said Donati. “I’d love for him to be the coach for as long as I’m here, but I recognize that Gary is 59 years old. He’s been here almost 20 years. It can’t go on forever.”

Baseball:

Alex Young leads D-backs to win in Texas homecoming | Arizona Sports

Alex Young is kind of shocking the world. Last night, he got to do it in front of a bunch of friends and family.

It was a homecoming of sorts for the left-hander, as Young, who lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the offseason, elected to attend Texas Christian University after being drafted by the Rangers in the 32nd round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

Following his junior year, the D-backs selected the 25-year-old in the second round in 2015.

In four career outings, the rookie is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA, 13 strikeouts and a 0.44 WHIP over 18.2 innings pitched. Young has only allowed eight baserunners on six hits and two walks since making his Major League debut on June 27 against the Giants in San Francisco.

Stepping up at the right time, Alex Young wins another start with Diamondbacks | AZ Central

Young might be the only person who isn’t surprised by the level of success he has enjoyed.

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“Not really because of the amount of work I put in,” he said. “I think it translates over to the field. I’m just kind of taking my role and kind of running with it and doing everything I can to help this team win.”

The performance carried added significance for Young, who played his college ball down the street at Texas Christian and who still lives in Dallas in the offseason. He said he had somewhere between 20 and 30 friends and family members in the stands watching the game, including many who were showing their support for the TCU program.

“I saw a lot of purple, which is always awesome to see,” he said.

Swimming:

TCU WOMEN ADD 8 SWIMMERS, 2 DIVERS TO 2019 RECRUITING CLASS | Swim Swam

Winchester has done a great job with the program so far.

The Horned Frogs signees include Faith Harms-Zacharias, Marlene Hirschberg, Lisa Johnson, Graciela Liang, Abigail Meder, Hannah Morris, Lucia Simovicova, Zoe Woods, Morgan Despresand Sheridan Schreiber.

“The staff and I are very excited to welcome our first new recruiting class,” head swimming coach James Winchester said. “As we went through the recruiting process, it was evident that we were looking for a particular type of student-athlete that would buy into our vision for the program. Whether it was close to home or across the world, we found students who were committed to their academics while also looking for a world class athletic experience.”